Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed over U.S. involvement in the Middle East, gun control and economic policy in the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, outlining competing visions for a party seeking to keep the White House for a third straight term.
While the five candidates onstage took issue with each other, they also repeatedly sounded traditional Democratic themes — such as fighting income inequality — that are sure to carry over to the general election campaign against the Republicans.
First, the Democrats must choose their own candidate. And throughout most of the two-hour debate Clinton played the role of aggressor, an unexpected shift for a candidate who had barely mentioned her Democratic rivals since launching her campaign six months ago. Until now, Clinton and Sanders — who has emerged as her toughest competition — have circled each other cautiously and avoided personal attacks.
Authorities say former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom has been hospitalized after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel.
Nye County Sheriff Sharon A. Wehrly says the department got a call Tuesday afternoon requesting an ambulance for an unresponsive man at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada about 70 miles outside of Las Vegas.
A sheriff's statement says Odom was stabilized and taken to Desert View Hospital in nearby Pahrump.
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Vermont corrections officials say a woman jailed on an attempted murder charge put feces into the cell of Evi Quaid, wife of actor Randy Quaid.
Officials say it happened Sunday at the South Burlington jail.
Michael Touchette, the department's director of facilities, said Tuesday that the two women had no physical contact and that Quaid was in her cell. He says the other inmate, Veronica Lewis, used a food chute into Quaid's cell.
The Quaids were arrested Friday in Vermont as they tried to enter the U.S. from Quebec. They're being held on bail on charges they left the country five years ago after being accused of vandalism in California.
Lawyers for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis say the altered marriage licenses her office issued to same-sex couples are valid because they have been recognized by Kentucky's highest elected officials.
Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. She spent five days in jail for refusing to obey a federal judge's ruling ordering her to issue the licenses.
Apple Inc. could be facing up to $862 million in damages after a U.S. jury on Tuesday found the company used technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's licensing arm without permission in chips found in many of its iPhones and iPads, NBC News reported.
The jury in Madison, Wisconsin, also said the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) patent, which improves processor efficiency, was valid. The trial will now move on to determine how much Apple owes in damages.
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Someone sprayed a rack of Halloween costumes with lighter fluid and set them on fire inside a Bay Area Walmart store on Tuesday afternoon, police said, forcing the store to close and customers to evacuate while authorities investigated.
The suspect took the lighter fluid from a store shelf before using it to douse the Halloween section before starting the fire, police said. Frightened witnesses called 911.
A male suspect was arrested on suspicion of arson after the fire was set inside the store at about 1:30 p.m., San Leandro police Lt. Robert McManus said.
A Walmart spokesperson confirmed the store had been evacuated but referred further questions to San Leandro police.
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Evidence is mounting that the El Niño ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state's punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s.
In the clearest warning yet that Southern California could be due for a deluge, meteorologists said in a report last week that the already strong El Niño has a 95 percent chance of lasting through the winter before weakening in the spring.
"This is as close as you're going to get to a sure thing," said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, calling this El Niño "too big to fail."
"In the abstract," he said, "El Nino seems like our savior." But if floods and mudslides develop, it's "not going to look like the great wet hope charging across the landscape on a white horse."
A central New York couple has been charged with fatally beating their 19-year-old son inside a church and four fellow church members have been charged with assault in an attack that also left the young man's brother severely injured, police said Tuesday.
Bruce Leonard, 65, and Deborah Leonard, 59, of Clayville, were charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of their son Lucas, said Lt. Timothy O'Neill of the New Hartford Police Department. O'Neill said Lucas Leonard died Monday after he was beaten at Word of Life Church in New Hartford, which is 80 miles northwest of Albany.
Democrats booked six presidential primary debates and Republicans scheduled nearly twice as many for the 2016 cycle. With each debate there's the possibility that a moment could still be talked about years from now. Take a look at past memorable debate moments to see that anything really does go.
A Pennsylvania dad is no longer allowed to use his lawn mower to pick his daughters up from school due to safety concerns from school officials.
Christopher Malloy of Montgomery County said he picked his daughter up from Fort Washington Elementary School in his lawn mower with a cart and wagon attached.
"He was very excited about it and he said most of the people there were really happy," said Christopher's wife, Melissa Malloy. "They thought it was really cute but there was one person who said, 'You have to go! This is dangerous!'"
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Sticks poked into caramel apples release enough juice to make a nice, nourishing place for Listeria bacteria to grow, researchers reported Tuesday.
The finding could explain a caramel apple-linked Listeria outbreak linked that killed seven people and sickened at least 35 last month, NBC News reported.
"Caramel-coated apples are not a food on which Listeria monocytogenes should grow," said Kathleen Glass, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and colleagues.
But in their experiment, the researchers found that apples with sticks inserted did grow Listeria, even inside refrigerators, albeit more slowly, they wrote.
Listeria can kill the very young, very old and people with weakened immune systems, and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
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Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will no longer accept any sort of payment to cover the costs of those programs.
Anti-abortion activists who recently released a series of covertly filmed videos have contended that Planned Parenthood officials sought profits from their programs providing post-abortion fetal tissue to researchers. Planned Parenthood said the videos were deceptively edited and denied seeking any payments beyond legally permitted reimbursement of costs.
The new policy — forgoing even permissible reimbursement — was outlined in a letter sent Tuesday by Planned Parenthood's president, Cecile Richards, to Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health.
Investigators who concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down by a Russian-made missile also revealed harrowing details of the final moments of the doomed flight, NBC News reported.
The 298 passengers and crew had no warning that the flight was about to turn into one of the worst air disasters for almost 20 years, according to investigators.
There was no mayday call or attempt to maneuver before the warhead exploded less than one yard from the aircraft's cockpit, the Dutch report said.
The explosion caused the cockpit to instantly separate from the rest of the aircraft but the rest of the plane continued to fly for more than five miles before breaking into further pieces, according to the report. The passengers and remaining crew members would have been exposed to some extreme conditions inside the cabin. Some people suffered "probably fatal" injuries and others would have had little idea what was going on, experiencing "reduced awareness or unconsciousness within a very short time," the report said.
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A photo of an emergency medical technician wearing her wedding gown while responding to a car crash on her wedding day has gone viral.
Sarah Ray and her husband were on their way to their wedding reception when they learned her grandma, grandpa and father were injured in a car wreck that left their vehicle totaled. The newlyweds, who both work for the Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services (MCEMS) in Tennessee, raced to the scene.
"The first thing my grandmother said to me when I stepped into the back of the medic unit was 'Oh Sarah, I am so sorry, I've ruined your wedding day,'" Sarah told NBC affiliate WSMV. "I told her that she hadn't ruined anything. I was just glad that she was ok."
Ray's mother took a photo of her at the scene of the accident with the ambulance and a firetruck visible in the background. By noon on Tuesday, the photo had more than 13,000 likes and more than 5,600 shares.